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David A. VanWie Sr. 1942-2020

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

David A. VanWie Sr., 77, recently of Sun City, AZ., Harwinton and Danbury CT, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

He was husband to Marilie Clarke VanWie. Born in Hartford CT on May 28, 1942 to George and Bernice Foley VanWie.

David is survived by his two sons, David A. VanWie Jr. of Danbury and Gary VanWie of Meriden, and his sister Virginia "Ginny" Bonacci of Danbury along with two grandchildren Erin J. VanWie of Torrington and Jeffrey G. VanWie of Seattle, WA. Nephew Donald Jason Lee of Bethel. Daughter in Law, Carolyn Keenan-VanWie and Michele Alabiso. David attended and graduated from Bethel Schools in 1960. David owned and operated his Printing and Lithograph business in the Danbury area for decades before enjoying his retirement in Arizona. The love of animals that he shared with his Wife was evident in all that he did, in memory of David please consider making a monetary donation or volunteer time at a local animal shelter or rescue.

He will be forever missed by his Friends and Family alike.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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We used to call you Uncle Dave because you were an uncle to us. I knew you most of my life. You always found a way to make me laugh. You were a father to my brother John and your sister Ginny a life long friend. The world won’t be the same without you. Thanks for standing by my sister through thick and thin.


Dave & Gary,

Pop was an amazing Father, Father-in-Law, Grand Dad and Dog Dad.

Dave, I couldn’t have asked for a better grandfather and mentor for our children. Always in our memory, always in my heart.

Bonnie & Troy Brown


It’s taken me a bit of time to come to terms with the loss of my Dad, mentor and best friend. Still a little hard even writing this....

He was what I have alway inspired to be as a Man, Father and Friend to others and I still think I’m a little short of that goal. I do promise to continue with that goal Dad

I will always miss You

Lil Dave....



Hi Pop,

I just wanted to let you know that I love you & miss you. I thought I was prepared for this moment.

I was wrong. So wrong.

I want you to remember that you were loved & will be missed by many people, family, & your friends that are family, here. You were truly a rich man in that regard.

I want to thank you for being my dad, & giving us a great childhood. Living on Topstone Drive was the best, & I’ll always remember what great times we had at the camp, & the farm as well. The trips with the guys going out into the Arizona desert was more like an adventure, than an excursion…

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